Myers and Prior: Phenoms For Years To Come

Brett Myers and Mark Prior hold the future of their respective franchises in their powerful right hands. Each have already shown signs of greatness, but their youthfulness proves that these two will be phenomenal in years to come. The Phillies and Cubs each have led successful seasons, and it is amazing to think of what is to come in the future, with these two future aces.

It is ironic that Brett Myers' Major League debut came against Mark Prior, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Prior had already established himself as the savior of the Cubs, and one of the top young pitchers in the Majors. Larry Bowa knew the importance of this game, and he even saved his lineup card from that afternoon. Myers hit a bump in the road towards the end of last season, when his ERA was inflated to 6.08 because of some rough outings, but in 2003 he has been arguably the best pitcher on the Phillies staff. Likewise, Prior has emerged as the Cubs ace and deservedly so, with an 8-3 record and an astonishing 2.94 ERA. Both have reached stardom early on in their career, but have traveled slightly different roads to get where they are today.

Prior made his debut early on last season and proved that he belonged. Prior showed last season that he can be a power pitcher, or can beat batters with finesse. Either way, hitters were mesmerized by Prior's varying pitches. Through 19 starts last year, Prior earned a 6-6 record and a minuscule 3.32 ERA for the Cubbies. This is quite impressive for a rookie pitcher, especially when making his home starts at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. Carrying high expectations on his shoulders, Prior lived up to the hype and is making quite a career for himself.

Brett Myers had an impressive spring training last year, but Larry Bowa and company felt there was no need to rush his progress to the Majors, and decided to leave him in Triple A to develop for a few more months. This proved to be a wise decision. Sure he was not as impressive as Prior in his first season, only tallying a four and five record with a 4.25 ERA, but Myers did not have the coaching Prior did to help groom him once he made his debut. This season has been a different story for both pitchers.

In 2003 the Phillies have shown the will and ability to win every time they take the field, and Myers has been a part of that. Although he has not gotten adequate run support each outing, Myers has rebounded from last season and has been dominant each time he's taken the mound. His record is 7-6, but it should be more like 9-4 the way he's pitched. He has shown great command of his fastball, and the ability to strike hitters out with some good breaking stuff. Overall, Myers is a power pitcher and has drawn comparisons to his close friend, Curt Schilling. Phils fans hope that in the near future, Myers can develop into a Schilling type pitcher, and possibly be in the same rotation.

Both Prior and Myers are integral pieces in place for the Cubs and Phillies to prosper in future years. The Phillies also have a plethora of young pitchers such as Gaven Floyd on the way in the near future. If Prior and Myers continue to have success and amazing matchups against one another in the future, they will quickly become two of the most known and dominating pitchers for years to come.


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